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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Stott to showcase in late October

Prominent Chinese cellist Yo-Yo Ma in collaboration with renowned English pianist Kathryn Stott will perform in "Encore Series - Duo Recital by Yo-Yo Ma (Cello) and Kathryn Stott (Piano)" in late October.

The concert, presented by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department, will be held at 8pm on October 31 (Sunday) at the Concert Hall of the Hong Kong Cultural Centre.

Programme includes Schubert's "'Arpeggione' Sonata", Shostakovich's "Sonata in D Minor, Op. 40", Piazolla's "Le Grand Tango", Gismonti's "Bodas de Prata" and Franck's "Sonata in A for Violin and Piano" (version for cello and piano).

The many-faceted career of Yo-Yo Ma is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with his audience, and to his personal desire for artistic growth and renewal. Ma maintains a balance between engagements as soloist with orchestras throughout the world and his recital and chamber music activities. Each of these collaborations is fuelled by the artists' interactions, often extending the boundaries of a particular genre.

With more than 50 albums to his credit (including 15 Grammy Award winners), Ma remains one of the best-selling recording artists in the classical field. Committed to educational programmes that not only bring young audiences into contact with music, Ma also allows them to participate in its creation. While touring, he takes time to conduct masterclasses and informal programmes for students.

Born to Chinese parents living in Paris, Ma began to study the cello with his father at the age of 4. Later, he studied at the Juilliard School under his principal teacher Leonard Rose. He sought a traditional liberal arts education to expand on his conservatory training and graduated from the Harvard University in 1976. Ma plays two instruments, a 1733 Montagnana cello from Venice and the 1712 Davidoff Stradivarius.

Pianist Kathryn Stott is one of Britain's most versatile and respected musicians. Her engagements as a concerto soloist with orchestras throughout Britain and Europe, Hong Kong and Australia as well as participation in recitals and chamber music activities with a refreshingly varied circle of collaborators, have taken her to major music centres throughout the world. The critically acclaimed premiere of Graham Fitkin's Circuit for two pianos, with the BBC Philharmonic, was one of the recent highlights of her piano duo partnership with Noriko Ogawa. As a result of Stott's interest in contemporary music, several composers have written for her including Julian Josephs.

Stott's engaging personality and open-minded attitude have resulted in invitations to direct several innovative concert series and major festivals. As an artistic director, she has devised two highly successful international piano festivals, embracing classical, jazz and tango music at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester (2000 and 2003). Her discography is extensive, reflecting her eclectic taste and imaginative approach to music-making. Studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School (Vlado Perlemuter and Nadia Boulanger), and the Royal College of Music (Kendall Taylor), Stott was a prizewinner at the 1978 Leeds International Piano Competition.

Tickets priced at $600, $480, $360 and $200 are available from September 17 (Friday) onwards at URBTIX outlets. Half-price tickets are available for senior citizens, people with disabilities, full-time students and Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) recipients (limited tickets for students and CSSA recipients available on a first-come, first-served basis). A 10% discount is offered to Friends of LCSD performing venues.

For programme enquiries, call 2268 7321, and for ticketing enquiries and reservations, call 2734 9009. For Internet bookings, go to . For credit card telephone bookings, call 2111 5999. Visit for more information on the programme.

Ends/Thursday, September 16, 2004
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